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UW-Eau Claire’s Winterim Session
To Offer Wide Array of Courses
MAILED: Nov. 11, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Winterim has been a part of the academic calendar at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1996, when only 13 courses were offered. The 2003 Winterim session offers nearly 60 classroom courses and two Web-based courses during a three-week session that runs Jan. 2-17. Most classes meet every day for three hours, and all classes will meet Saturday, Jan. 4.
“This Winterim session provides such a rich array of course offerings compared to where we started just seven years ago,” said Jan Morse, administrative officer for academic affairs. “I think with the number and variety of courses available, most students will find at least one course that will help them stay on track or get a step ahead on completing their degrees.”
The three-week Winterim course offerings allow current students to make the most of their winter breaks, Morse said. “Winterim is a wonderful opportunity for students to accelerate degree completion, catch up on those few credits that are needed to achieve the next class level or take a course that is in high demand during the fall and spring semesters,” Morse said. Winterim also offers an opportunity for people not enrolled at the university to take a course.
“Also, because it is an intensive three-week course, classes are usually smaller, interactions with faculty are more relaxed and Winterim allows students to totally immerse themselves in the subject matter in a way they cannot when taking three or four courses at the same time,” Morse said.
Many juniors and seniors are aware of the benefits of Winterim session, Morse said. “I hope that as the program offerings expand more freshmen and sophomores will see the many advantages of taking a course during Winterim — it is a benefit to all students.”
The 2003 Winterim schedule includes several interesting courses, Morse said. For example, English lecturer Dr. Blake Westerlund is offering a course called “The Cowboy as Icon” (English 392). During the course, Westerlund will analyze the western archetype representations of gender, psychology and pop cultural presence in literature and film.
Also, a few of the kinesiology courses offered this Winterim session are aimed at encouraging students to partake in a physical activity. These include a one-credit course on power walking (Kins 101) and a one-credit course on racquetball (Kins 116). Another course offered this session is a one-credit course called “First Aid and community CPR” (Kins 274). Students will receive certification upon completion of the course.
In addition to classroom courses, the Winterim session offers two Web-based courses — one in “Wellness: Food for Fitness” (FMHN 211) and one in “Reengineering Financial Performance Measures” (MBA 721).
“We expect working adults to be interested in the online courses as well as currently enrolled students who want to earn credits while traveling or going home to work over the winter break,” Morse said.
Information about these and other course offerings is on UW-Eau Claire's Web site and on the Blugold System. Currently enrolled students and special students — including those not currently enrolled at UW-Eau Claire — can register until Dec. 27. For more information, call the Registration and Scheduling office at (715) 836-2425.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 11, 2003